Pain. It is something that nobody wants to feel, but sometimes we suffer in silence and don’t do the things that we can be doing to manage the pain. Often, we might just block out the pain with painkillers. But this doesn’t go through to the heart of the problem.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can manage and minimize any pain that you may be experiencing.
Read on for some great pain reducing tips.
Visit the Doctor
Your first step should always be to visit your doctor. You may even want to consider seeing a specialist such as an integrative chronic pain doctor. Your doctor will be able to prescribe pain medication for you and they might also be able to refer you for pain managament treatment or classes.
When you speak to your doctor, remember to be specific about the type of pain, the areas where you feel it, how it affects your life, and the severity and frequency that you feel the pain.
Take Some Gentle Exercise
Simple exercises such as walking, swimming, or cycling can make a huge difference to pain. If you are able to get out and get some physical exercise, try to do this.
Physical activity can help your pain as it serves to loosen any tight muscles, joints, and tendons.
You may be concerned that exercise may make your pain worse. Start off gently and build up. Remember to take it easy though.
Use Breathing Exercises
If you can concentrate your breathing, this can help with your pain management. When you start to feel pain it can be easy to take shallow breaths. This can lead to you feeling dizzy or even panicked.
By breathing slowly and deeply, you’ll be able to get more control over your thoughts and your pain and it can help to reduce the pain as it relaxes your muscles and lessens your anxiety which stops your pain from worsening.
When you are in a lot of pain constantly, it can have an effect on your mental health. You may feel grumpy, stressed, anxious, or depressed as a result of continual pain. In turn, these problems can make your pain worse.
Make an appointment with a counsellor and talk through some of these feelings that you have associated with pain. If you can deal with the emotions associated with your pain, then it may make it more bearable for you.
Find a hobby that you really enjoy and get stuck into it. Distracting yourself can help to reduce the pain, or at least your perception of it.
If your mobility is restricted due to your pain, find a hobby that you can easily do such as knitting, sewing, photography, or painting.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleeping can help to reduce the effects of pain. However, it can be a challenge to get to sleep at night. Try and stick to a regular sleep routine and follow some tips to try and get a good night’s sleep.